Lexus has rolled out the latest version of its luxury LX 450 and 570 SUV for the local market.
Lexus’ new LX 570 is completely redesigned for 2016 with only the door panels carried over from the 2015 model. The car is fitted with a 4.5 litre V8 punching out 195 kW and a stout 650 Nm of torque available from 1600 rpm onwards which is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission while its 5.7L V8 engine has an 8-speed transmission. Drive Select Mode allows the driver to tailor powertrain and suspension settings using a dial on the console to settings for whatever they are doing. ECO, comfort, and sport modes are included.
For 2016, both the LX 450 & 570 get a panoramic view camera that can help with hitching and maneuvering a trailer and to view terrain when off-roading. Some of the biggest upgrades come in the safety features offered.
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For 2016, the LX 570 gets a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert, intelligent high beam, and all-speed dynamic radar cruise control. The cruise control system is so effective you can set a distance you want to be from the vehicle in front and the cruise maintains that distance at all speeds. It will even smoothly slow down when a car is merging onto the road in front of you. Lexus also gives the SUV blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. Pricing? Ha! These bad boys will set you back figures sub of a million, with the 450d coming in at R 1 393 000 and the at LX 570 – R 1 435 100.